Orestis Palermos: When Groups Know More than their Members Do

Full title: “When Groups Know More than their Members Do: The Creation of Epistemic Group Agents and the Acquisition of Collective Knowledge”.

Dr Orestis Palermos speaks at the University of Edinburgh, 29th January 2015.

Abstract: How do groups store, share, and generate knowledge? Moreover, can groups be intelligent agents in themselves, under which conditions, and what effects may this have on the previous set of questions? These are some of the questions I will address in this talk both from a philosophical and a cognitive science perspective while also considering concrete examples from the study of transactive memory systems (Wegner, Giuliano, & Hertel, 1985) and scientific research teams. In effect this will provide us with a clear grasp of the concepts of Group Knowledge and Epistemic Group Agents that we will then examine how to apply in the case of what Berners-Lee (Dertouzos, Berners-Lee, & Fischetti, 1999) calls ‘social machines’.